England v New Zealand: second Take a look at, day one – dwell! | England v New Zealand 2022

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“We have been going to have a bowl too,” says Tom Latham, with admirable candour. However he doesn’t sound too gutted, observing that he pitch is dry in addition to having a inexperienced tinge. He says there’ll be a debut for Michael Bracewell, a left-handed batter who additionally brings a little bit of off-spin.Toss: England win and bowl firstBen Stokes, true to his phrase, takes the daring choice. “Exit,” he says, “and be much more constructive.”PreambleMorning everybody and welcome to the primary day of the second Take a look at. A query for you: when was the final time England have been 1-0 up at this stage of a Take a look at sequence? It feels as if it might need been method again earlier than the pandemic, but it surely was truly in February final 12 months, in India. And England went on to lose the sequence 3-1. That was the second when issues started to go badly incorrect for Joe Root and Chris Silverwood. Now, because of Root’s first-ever fourth-innings Take a look at hundred, issues have gone immediately proper for Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. Can England stick with it? There’s, as ever, no method of telling. The primary Take a look at was a rollercoaster, or somewhat a experience on the ghost practice, with a ghastly apparition – the spectacular batting collapse – at all times liable to loom out of nowhere. The one issues that have been actually completely different underneath the brand new regime have been the fielding and the temper music, though the choice to provide Matty Potts a debut paid off handsomely.New Zealand, in the meantime, have troubles of their very own. They’ve misplaced a Take a look at to England, for the primary time in seven years, and now they’ve misplaced their captain too, as Kane Williamson has Covid. This might not be as a lot of a blow as you would possibly assume, since this quiet genius has been bang off form. And his males are used to doing with out him: due to a nasty elbow, he has appeared in solely two of New Zealand’s seven Checks since November, so his vice-captain Tom Latham has had extra time in cost than, say, Stokes. Play begins at 11am UK time, so I’ll be again round 10.35 with the toss and groups. Up to date at 05.20 EDT

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